Hockey fan wants Prudential Center to pay up after off-ice brawl

Hockey fan wants Prudential Center to pay up after off-ice brawl

NEWARK — A New Jersey hockey fan is suing the Prudential Center, the city of Newark, and a handful of others, claiming he has had to undergo thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery after being beaten up outside the arena.

John Malley has filed a civil suit stemming from an alleged altercation after a Dec. 23, 2014 Devils’ game. According to the suit, Malley was leaving the Prudential Center with two friends when one of them got into a verbal fight with two fellow game attendees, a father and son from Oak Ridge.

It is unclear what prompted the fight, but Malley’s attorney, Brian Schiller, said it turned physical in the arena’s parking deck after Malley’s friend threw a slice of pizza at one of the men.

When Malley tried to intervene, one of the men “picked John up, body slammed him backwards onto the ground, struck him in the face several times with a closed fist and then kicked him in the face…(and later) delivered the final knockout punch,” Schiller said.